Cochrane Library

By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2013
Watertown, Massachusetts-based athenahealth is adding the Cochrane Library to its Epocrates Rx application. Epocrates users will have access to editorials, evidence-based reviews and meta-analyses from the independent healthcare evidence group. "Cochrane has earned its place as a highly respected source by examining bodies of evidence in specific areas, such as the accuracy of a diagnostic test...
By Jonah Comstock April 1, 2013
A recent meta-analysis from The Cochrane Library found that computer-based interventions for Type 2 diabetes provide, at best, a small improvement from traditional care methods. The analysis, based on 16 studies, found that the interventions reduced A1C (the standard measure for blood glucose control) by 0.2 percent, although that rose to 0.5 percent for mobile-based interventions. Measures of...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2013
Nashville-based Agile Health, a B2B developer of mobile health interventions, announced a major upgrade to its Kick Buts smoking cessation program. Kick Buts is a text-messaging intervention based on software company HSA Global's STOMP platform, which was shown in a 2011 randomized trial in the UK to double successful quit rates over a control group. Agile licenses Kick Buts, along with other...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...